Drinking: No more a male-dominated indulgence

Gender differences have historically been associated with drinking. Men are believed to be more involved in drinking alcohol than women. However, recent data shows that women are catching up fast with males even when it comes to drinking. Therefore, the trend of “sex convergence” is being increasingly witnessed among young adolescents.

This is applicable not only to the women in the United States, but also to those around the world. Women are now increasingly experimenting with their taste buds to enjoy the “feel good factor” that alcohol offers, albeit with a little pushback. According to a study done on more than 4 million people by collecting data from 68 relevant international studies from around the world published between 1980 and 2014. It was observed that males born between 1891 and 1910 were 2.2 times more likely to consume alcohol than women born in the same period.

But among those born between 1991 and 2000, the alcohol consumption rates were almost equal, and men were just 1.1 times more likely to consume alcohol than women. Therefore, the gap is really getting obsolete.

The increase in female alcohol consumption can be attributed to many factors. The changing job scenario, where women are being increasingly recruited in once male-dominated fields, has led to women drinking more as a part of the after-work drinking culture. Compared to others, women placed in management and professional jobs tend to drink more, particularly on weekdays.

The drop in the price is making beer and wine available in almost all shopping spaces; this had contributed to a sharp increase in the demand. Due to the portrayal of alcohol as a trendy and harmless consumable by popular culture, alcohol consumption has spiked massively among younger women.

Dangers of the trend

Despite the scientifically proven fact that alcohol consumption is more harmful to women than men, an increased number of women are drinking more at home, bars, pubs and restaurants. As a result, women are witnessing additional problems in coping with the long-term effects of drinking, such as dependency and withdrawal. Some of the other dangers of consuming alcohol by women are:

  • Since the bodies of women have a higher fat to water ratio, they do not have the potential to tolerate alcohol as well as men can. Having less water makes the alcohol stay in their body systems more concentrated. This means the physiological and psychological effects of alcohol hit women more strongly than men.
  • Women also have smaller livers in comparison to men, which means the processing speed of alcohol by the liver is weaker in case of women. Therefore, women can suffer from more post-consumption disadvantages (such as hangovers) than men even when they consume equal or less amounts of alcohol.
  • Compared to men, women can suffer from alcohol-related diseases and other severe consequences of drinking sooner and even after drinking lesser amounts of alcohol. Using alcohol and other substances for self-medication purposes to cope with mental conditions, such as depression, anxiety and stress, and emotional distress can pose a serious threat to women’s health.
  • Women who drink more than about seven drinks a week are at an increased risk of death and other traumatic injuries due to car accidents. Moreover, the increased risk of developing cancer, hypertension, stroke and suicidal tendencies make the choice of drinking harmful.
  • Alcohol also increases the chances of developing breast cancer. An additional 10 grams of alcohol (alcohol in one 4-oz glass of wine) each day lifts the relative risk of developing breast cancer over a lifetime by about 10 percent.

Get rid of alcoholism

The continued use of alcohol often pose the threat of alcoholism, which can be daunting for women of all ages. Drinking can prove to be dangerous for women, particularly during pregnancy. If you are suffering from the problem of drinking and want to quit it, it is recommended to contact the Florida Alcohol Addiction Helpline. To learn more about the best alcohol treatment centers in Florida, contact us immediately. You can chat online or call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-220-5381 to know more about the alcohol addiction treatment in Florida.